The rhythm of the waves will accompany you throughout this maritime journey. It’s dreamlike!

This route stops at historic and cultural sites along the St. Lawrence River in the Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions. Driven by three centuries of navigation on the river, this route features a lighthouse climb, a boat excursion, sea kayaking, a fun circuit related to marine themes and more.

Check out the official website for the complete route.

492.5 km

The Route des Navigateurs is best explored by car or motorcycle. Avid cyclists with a strong athletic spirit could also do it by bike, with sufficient preparation.



Day 1

Nicolet to Bécancour: fresh water river

A stop at the Sainte-Angèle quay

In the afternoon, climb to the top of the observation tower (16 m) on the Sainte-Angèle quay, for a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River. This is also the main site of the city of Bécancour’s summer festivities.

Day 2

Time-out in Bécancour

Centre de la biodiversité du Québec

Explore four billion years of biodiversity, and learn about the age of dinosaurs and cavemen. A 360-degree wall projection takes you on a journey to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. You can also observe urban fauna.

Moulin Michel de Gentilly

Welcomed by guides dressed in period costume, you will learn the history of this water-powered mill dating back to 1783. Still operational, it produces buckwheat flour, offers exhibitions, and boasts a shop, restaurant and patio.

Day 3

Garden tour and maritime history

Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière

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Begin the day at Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière. Nestled in the heart of nature, this magnificent site offers stunning walks in the forest, birdwatching, art exhibitions and mezmerizing flower gardens!

Lieu historique national du chantier A.C. Davie

On the banks of the river, the Lieu historique national du chantier A.C. Davie showcases the history of this shipyard. After your visit, why not stroll around Old Lévis and enjoy dinner out at one of its great restaurants?

Day 4

A day on the island

Day 5

From L’Islet to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

Musée maritime du Québec

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The Musée maritime du Québec is a must-see, and a great opportunity to step aboard an icebreaker and a hydrofoil! Themed exhibitions and guided tours showcase the life of sailors and Québec’s maritime history. All aboard!

A stroll in the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

The Saint-Jean-Port-Joli marina makes this town all the more picturesque. Take a stroll in Parc des Trois-Bérets to admire the sculptures or attend an event. Cap off the evening at Ras L’Bock with a tasty craft beer.

Day 6

Unique works of art and seigneurial life

Le Vivoir, an artistic break

After a good night’s sleep, head to Le Vivoir to admire the talented work of the artists exhibited here. This unique space abounds with creativity, and houses an art gallery, boutique and artists’ studios. Go ahead, treat yourself to a souvenir!

Seigneurie des Aulnaies

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The Seigneurie des Aulnaies tells the story of seigneurial life in New France. The miller and guides dressed in period costume faciliate the tour of the mill and manor. The bakery offers organic flour milled on site as well as breads and pastries.

Day 7

Beautiful villages in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region

Walking tour of the village of Kamouraska

Kamouraska boasts a rich heritage: enjoy a 16-panel walking tour of the village to explore such sites as the Miller quay, Morel and Leblanc avenues and their historic buildings and the Paradis mill.

Tête d’Allumette Microbrasserie

After a day spent exploring Kamouraska, you’ll have worked up a thirst, which you can quench with a tasty craft brew at the Tête d’Allumette Microbrasserie. Enjoy a snack overlooking the magnificent St. Lawrence River. Cheers!

Day 8

Rivière-du-Loup, the three bells city

Parc des Chutes et de la Croix

True to its name, Parc des Chutes et de la Croix boasts a waterfall and a cross. Standing 33 m high, the waterfall is located right in the centre of town. The park spans 53 hectares of green space, and features trails, a lookout and a walkway.

Day 9

Le Bic, a gem on the banks of the St. Lawrence

Kayaking and hiking in Parc national du Bic

This park is a must. Its phenomenal landscape boasts rocky capes, bays, islands and mountains. Hiking, seal watching and kayaking are just a few of the activities available. You’ll be dazzled by the park’s beauty!

Sea kayaking with Aventures Archipel

Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure in the magnificent Parc national du Bic, accompanied by professional guides from Aventures Archipel. You’ll glimpse beautiful seabirds and spot curious seals tagging along for the ride.

Day 10

Rimouski and its maritime history

Tour of Île Saint-Barnabé

Take a short boat ride to l’île Saint-Barnabé to observe its wildlife and marine mammals. Interpretation stations tell the story of shipwrecks, smuggling, and the life of the islanders in years past.

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père

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Tour the Onondaga submarine to get a sense of life as a crewmember. You can even spend the night! Watch a multimedia show about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, and climb up a 33-m lighthouse for a stunning view of the river.

Meander down the Route des Navigateurs

Visit the official website of the Route des Navigateurs for a historic journey along the St. Lawrence River.